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Welcome To Leith
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Welcome to Leith is an excellent window into a part of the world that should be dead and gone. The number of times the swastika is shown here was far more than could ever be expected, and each time it managed to jumpstart the amygdala. The fact that a photographer had decided to film professional footage of the event as it was going on does a great aid to the documentary, as does the devastating recording of the two men with guns. It ends bleaker than it started, which is a very hard thing to do given the substance matter. The topic also lends itself perfectly to creative imagery, from the incredibly disturbing 'welcoming' sign to the symmetrical white house Craig Cobb called home. The only glaring issue is how, mainly due to the intense 'real footage' sequences, the interviews appear boring and slightly unnecessary. Other than that minor issue, it was an incredibly well-made documentary, that anyone with a passing interest on American politcs should watch.

A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

First of all, it's called A Fantastic Woman, not The Fantastic Woman. Not that that's out of the way, I can talk about how wonderfully made this feature is. You know when a foreign language performance is good, because you don't really want to read the subtitles, and that's something I can definitely say for Daniela Vega. I love it when a feature is not afraid to be fantastical, and this film is definitely an example of that bravery. Each shot is incredibly photographic, and well planned out, with both its composition and what is actually in the frame. The story was enthralling, oddly personal, and very intimate. That intimate feel is what makes good character studies great, they did it in Moonlight, and they succeed to the same degree in A Fantastic Woman. The only thing that I can see firmly let it down was the score, which was very by the numbers, except for a few exceptional highlights. The use of a transgender person is used not as a gimmick, but rather as an instrument for uniqueness with the picture. The fact that the actress was trans also helped, I think, with the naturalism of the performance. Colour, liquid, and names were all key symbols that Sebastián Lelio clearly wanted to explore, and he does so thoroughly, and to a wonderful degree. Part thriller, part character study, and part drama, A Fantastic Woman is an amazing example of how foreign language cinema can be great, despite the barriers we often feel are put in place. I , also, really want to visit Santiago.

Knight of Cups
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Knight of Cups is a very interesting... poem. It is not a film. Don't let anyone tell you it is a film. If you think this is a film, you'll be very disappointed. If you see this as the kind of thing you'd expect at a gallery, then you'll probably really enjoy it. The cinematography is some of the best I've ever seen, especially in its composition, which floats about like a completely objective observer. I found the repeating narrative to be less tiresome than many others, although I have to admit that there were moments when it was just too dull. The sound editing, if you follow the producer's instructions, is excellent, allowing so much more content and context to be revealed in an auditory fashion. Christian Bale is... in it. He doesn't really give a performance unless you count walking around the screen aimlessly as acting. The supporting cast, however, definitely do, most likely because they actually talk at points. I liked it, but I can see why many would not.

The Shape of Water
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

The Shape Of Water is an emotional tale of lonely people and outsiders meeting each other, disguised as an exquisite romance between two people incapable of speech. The fact that this was made for $20 million is a testament to the producers as this looks like it would rather have cost $100 million. Sally Hawkins gives a fantastic performance, as does Octavia Spencer, and the two make a perfect mash. Richard Jenkins also served as a subtle comedic relief, that actually worked, and stayed integral to the plot. For me, personally, Michael Stuhlbarg was the stand out character. The fact that del Toro can handle a Soviet spy in such a respectful, and understanding way, without having him fall into any kind of clichés that a less skilful director would resort to. The creature effects, as is in character for del Toro, were excellent. The use of colour throughout was fairy-tale lack, giving the story a certain enchantment. While no elements of the score particularly stood out to me, I still remember in particular silent scenes, that it carried the entire emotional drive. The cinematography gave such a wide breadth of 1962 America and completely sucked one into the environment. The only error that I could point out throughout was Michael Shannon's character, who was an incredible missed opportunity, for yet another lonely person seeking real love in this world. I have never been more convinced of two character's love for each other in my life. A fantastic film by a fantastic visionary.

The Final Girls
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Final Girls isn't great if you've never seen a slasher film, like me. I know that I'm definitely the minority here, but I don't think you should ever have to see other pieces of media to fully appreciate a different piece of media. As it is, for me, The Final Girls is an incredibly average comedy, with some nice emotional overtones, dis-serviced by its awful story. All tension and suspense are lost as soon as we enter the world that isn't real. We know which characters are going to make it, and how the film is going to end, from 20 minutes in. The aesthetics were very well done, and most of the physical comedy got a chuckle. Camera-work was experimental and very fun. The soundtrack was also wonderful: probably the best part of the film. Overall a decent comedy, terrible horror, and ok film, but not worth the time spent watching.